Psalm 88

We’re reading through, and with intentionality, praying through the Psalms during this school year. There are 150 Psalms, divided into 180 different readings. See this post for more info.

Here is today’s prayer, preceded by the text from the Contemporary English Version, copyright 1995, by the America Bible Society.

Psalm 88:

You keep me safe, Lord God. So when I pray at night, please listen carefully to each of my concerns.

I am deeply troubled and close to death; I am as good as dead and completely helpless. I am no better off than those in the grave, those you have forgotten and no longer help.

You have put me in the deepest and darkest grave; your anger rolls over me like ocean waves. You have made my friends turn in horror from me. I am a prisoner who cannot escape, and I am almost blind because of my sorrow.

Each day I lift my hands in prayer to you, Lord.  Do you work miracles for the dead? Do they stand up and praise you? Are your love and loyalty announced in the world of the dead? Do they know of your miracles or your saving power in the dark world below where all is forgotten?

Each morning I pray to you, Lord. Why do you reject me? Why do you turn from me? Ever since I was a child,
I have been sick and close to death. You have terrified me and made me helpless.

Your anger is like a flood! And I am shattered by your furious attacks that strike each day and from every side. My friends and neighbors have turned against me because of you, and now darkness is my only companion.

You keep me safe, Lord God. So when I pray at night, please listen carefully to each of my concerns.

Here is today’s prayer:

We lay before you and open our hearts to you. Hear us as we pray. Please don’t turn away from us, but turn your face to us. Thank you for being here for us.

Somedays we are just overwhelmed. We have made bad choices. We are suffering the consequences of our own sin. We are exhausted, weak, and weary. We can’t even get out of bed. No clear thoughts enter our heads or our minds.

And, when this happens, we often look for others to blame. Our spouses. Our bosses. Our children. We even blame you, oh God, for our troubles.

Forgive us. For we know that you do not impose suffering on us. Times of trial and suffering are part of living in this sinful world. Your word says the trials of our faith produce perseverance. And perseverance brings wisdom and hope for a better future. Your word also says that surviving trials affords us the crown of eternal life. Thank you for life! Thank you for the future you have for us.

And yes, at one time, the sin of mankind produced your wrath. But thanks be to God, Jesus took all our sin on the cross and so, the wrath for your children is dissolved through the love and obedience of Jesus and your amazing grace. So, thank you, God.

Thank you for your righteous judgment. And thank you for your eternal forgiveness for those who bow before you. You have created all things new.

And that means you have made us new, as well. Wow! We are humbled at your plan for us.

So, deliver us from exhaustion and weariness. Give us your strength for today. You have offered to take all of our anxiety and fears. We lay it all down at your feet, Jesus. And we receive the crown of life and accompanying joy you so generously give.

Your word says that every good gift is from above. We worship you and thank you!

Because of Jesus,

Amen.

(c) 2021. Rich Ronald.

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